Brewers owner says jobs of manager Ron Roenicke, GM Doug Melvin are safe “right now”

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Milwaukee is off to an MLB-worst 2-13 start after collapsing in the second half last season, but Brewers owner Mark Attanasio insists manager Ron Roenicke’s job is safe.

Right now, my examinations are focused on how to improve our performance on the field. Relative to me, I’m not looking at the manager or the general manager right now.

I know how bad we’ve played. But we’re 14 games into the season, and Ron didn’t give up two grand slams [Tuesday]. I think we have to kind of parse through it. Everybody needs to be accountable, but we have to look at what people are responsible for, and then hold them accountable for what they’re responsible for.

Injuries have hit the Brewers very had, especially with catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center fielder Carlos Gomez, but they’re now 13-38 in their last 51 games dating back to last season. That’s an amazing collapse considering they were 71-55 before all the losses started piling up.

It’s also worth noting that Attanasio exercised the 2016 option on Roenicke’s contract last month, removing the potential lame-duck status for a manager with a 337-326 (.508) record since taking over the job in 2011. Doug Melvin is one of the longest-tenured general managers in baseball, holding the job since 2003.

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.